K Balachander’s sudden passing caught the Tamil film industry unawares. The director, who was reported to be ‘getting better’, succumbed to his illness on Tuesday night. Distraught celebrities took to their social media accounts to pay tribute to the Iyakkunar Sigaram.
1. Former Chief Minister Karunanidhi paid his last respects to KB.
— KalaignarKarunanidhi (@kalaignar89) December 23, 2014
Along with his son, MK Stalin.
Deeply saddened by the demise of legendary director, ‘Iyakkunar Sigaram’ K. Balachander.My condolences to his family. pic.twitter.com/v1N5fG56K5
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) December 24, 2014
2. Director Ram Gopal Varma expressed his grief through Twitter.
Want to express my heartfelt grief for the passing away of K Balachander, the only true maverick and path breaking director of all time — Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) December 23, 2014
While Baahubali director SS Rajamouli tried to find solace in KB’s films.
Home..but no solace as news of balachander sir is deeply saddening. Will watch some scenes from his films and try2 re-live in his greatness
— rajamouli ss (@ssrajamouli) December 24, 2014
3. Actor Vivekh, who was introduced by KB, was devastated at his passing; as was actress Khushbu.
Too grief stricken at the demise of #KB sir..
— khushbusundar (@khushsundar) December 23, 2014
4. AR Rahman thanked KB for introducing him. Prakash Raj, Sri Priya and Mohan Raman echoed the sentiment.
Dear KB sir, your vision and creations have inspired 3 generations Really grateful for intro’ing me thru your co Kavithaalaya in Roja RIP! — A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) December 23, 2014
Thank u kb sir for changing my life.. For the moments.. Learning n unlearning . I’m crying out loud in pain.. Will miss u my MAN.. Love uuuu
— Prakash Raj (@prakashraaj) December 23, 2014
— Mohan Raman (@actormohanraman) December 23, 2014
5. AR Murugadoss, Dhanush and Vishal kept it simple.
RIP K B sir 🙁
— Dhanush (@dhanushkraja) December 23, 2014
A great loss for the Tamil Cinema .. RIP KB sir. You will be deeply missed.
-Vishal film factory (@VffVishal) December 24, 2014
6. While actress Sri Devi posted a stirring tribute to the man who gave her her first leading role.
Balachander sir passes away, the legend lives in hearts of millions of filmgoers. Artists whose lives he enriched by casting & mentoring us. — SRIDEVI BONEY KAPOOR (@SrideviBKapoor) December 24, 2014
His films were bold & so were his decisions. One day he decided to cast a child artist as a heroine.MOONDRU MUDICHU changed my life forever. — SRIDEVI BONEY KAPOOR (@SrideviBKapoor) December 24, 2014
Tamil Cinema & all people involved in it including me have grown in his shadow. Condolences to his family. He shall always live in our heart — SRIDEVI BONEY KAPOOR (@SrideviBKapoor) December 24, 2014
7. Sarath Kumar and his actress wife Radikaa spoke of the ‘loss to the film industry’.
We have lost the greatest personality, it is a loss to the entire film industry, he will always remain in our memories forever — R Sarath Kumar (@realsarathkumar) December 23, 2014
Great loss to Indian cinema, a true legend and a nurturer of talent in all fields.There can be no one like him ever. RIP KB sir. — Radikaa Sarathkumar (@realradikaa) December 23, 2014
8. Director Selvaraghavan, who began his career as an assistant to KB, urged the government to start a film school in his memory.
Shattered by k balachandar sir’s demise.no words to describe the grief and sadness. — selvaraghavan (@selvaraghavan) December 23, 2014
On K B sir’s memory I request our government to start a huge film school in chennai — selvaraghavan (@selvaraghavan) December 24, 2014